Day 11: Mother’s Little Helper

While the rest of the city was blanketed in snow this morning, the tea connoisseurs sat in their overly-cozy apartment and excitedly started their day off right: with a hot cup of tea!

Brooke: I’m going to open door 11…no wait you should, I punched 10 out yesterday and that freaked you out. Your turn!
Stacey: And… it’s Mother’s Little Helper! Aw, unfortunately I can’t have this one because I’m allergic to ragweed and chamomile is part of that family.
Brooke: Aw, alright Andre, you’re up!
Andre:But this has chamomile! I’m going to fall asleep on the bus!
Brooke: Drink up, me hearty!

Tea: Mother’s Little Helper

Description:Need a little relaxation? Try running for the shelter of this mother’s little helper. It’s got organic valerian (aka “nature’s Valium”) to take the edge off your 24/7 reality. Plus there’s chamomile, peppermint and lemongrass for an added dose of tranquility. And pretty blue cornflowers just to make you happy. One sip and you’ll feel like you’ve spent the day at a spa.

Ingredients: peppermint, lemongrass, hibiscus, rosehips, chamomile, valerian root, cornflowers, peppermint flavouring

Steeping Instructions: 1.25tsp, 96C, 4-7 minutes

Brooke: Oooh it’s pink again! That’s the third tea this month that’s been a rosy colour!
Andre:Mmm, I smell mint.
Brooke: Smart man, that’s the main ingredient!
Andre:Oh, look at me!
Brooke: Yes, yes. Drink!


Andre: Ow, all I taste is hot!
Brooke: Oops.
Andre: Wait, yes, mmmm there’s the mint. The chamomile is there but the cooling effect of the mint is predominant in this one.

Stacey took a quick sip to add her two cents.

Stacey: Hm. Chamomile is weird to have in morning.
Brooke: The things we do for our readers, eh Stace?
Andre: You know, I actually feel less sleepy now!
Brooke: Ugh, all I smell is the lemongrass….. *Sip* oh, wait, yay, the mint protects me! What a great combination of flavours yet again!
Andre: Agreed. Very nice.
Brooke: The mint rounds out the lemongrass and the chamomile so well, it really makes for a perfect evening tea. Take another sip!
Andre: Hooray! I live sips!

Tea Vibes:

Brooke and Andre used Brooke’s voice-speech tool on her tablet, and their final thoughts were detected as:

Andre: I think this TV has a nice floral and sweet flavour due to the lemon grass fire. It has a nice minty finish. I give this to ten ten I see XX.

Brooke: This is the first lemongrass tea I’ve ever had that actually tastes decent and it’s because the mint properly mixes with the lemongrass and makes for a delicious finish! I don’t think I would have again, but it gets the 710.

I guess Brooke’s voice-type feature is a bit better than Stacey’s?

Ah well, another start to another beautiful day here in the capital. Get your work done and get your teas brewing, folks. It’s only 13 days until Christmas!

Until next tea,

Brooke and Stacey (and Andre)

Give ‘er the ol’ 710, doc.


Sweet Dreams

Hi tea lovers!

It’s Brooke again. As you may have noticed, we usually switch it up with every post… but when Stacey came in after skating tonight she was practically sleep-walking. I knew just the tea so I hurried to put on the kettle before she floated off into dreamland. She obliged, as long as I took the reigns on this one. It’s going to be a short post but you’ll know if this sleepy tea is for you by the end of it.

sweet dreams

Tea: Organic Sweet Dreams

DAVIDsTEA description: Getting enough sleep is the key to everything. You’ll have more energy. You’ll have more patience. Your jokes will be funnier. Everyone will love you. Which is where Sweet Dreams comes in. A delicious blend of sleep-inducing chamomile, lemongrass, hibiscus, licorice, lemon, orange and rose petals, it has everything you need to drift off into dreamland – and stay there all night long.

Ingredients: Chamomile flowers, lemongrass, fennel seeds, hibiscus flowers, lemon peel, orange peel, licorice root, lemon myrtle, rose petals.

I eagerly tossed the boiling water into our mugs, each with 1.5tsp of the loose leaf and I brought Stacey to the family room. The tea was a light orange and gold and it smelled strongly of the chamomile flowers. Stacey was drooling a bit (maybe).

Stacey: This is just sleepiness… in a… cup. I’m nervous.. I think I’m allergic to chamomile.

Brooke: But Checkmate had chamomile in it. You’ll be fine!

Stacey: But this is different. The things at the top are really unnerving. They’re weird.

The infuser hadn’t caught all the debris and some smaller bits remained, much to the dismay of sleepy Stacey.


Stacey: Mmmm. I have an image!

Brooke: Oh?

Stacey: We haven’t done imagery in a while. I feel like I’m on a cloud.

…Before I could even get a word in, Stacey giggles. Then she giggles because she was giggling. Cut to two minutes later, Stacey is still silently laughing at her own “cloud imagery”. I’m just… sitting here.

Stacey: Brooke, make the laughing stop.

Brooke: Okay, what in the, Stacey, you’re crying.

Stacey: I’m tired!! I don’t know why I’m laughing! What do you think of the tea, Brooke?

Brooke: I haven’t even sipped it yet!

Stacey: I’m sorry, I was premature there. Go ahead.


Brooke: …Yep. Definitely a cloud! Well done on the imagery, sleepy Stace.

Stacey: Yeah! See? I’m not crazy.

Brooke: Alright, alright. You know, this tea mixture is like a more hollow version of a straight up chamomile, which a good thing. It doesn’t hit you as hard, I find.

Stacey: And there’s more depth to it. There’s more to it than just chamomile.

Brooke: It really makes me think of Detox though. Without the olive, of course.

Stacey: Still don’t get that. Ooh! I sneezed! See, totally allergic!

Brooke: I have a very very small hint of black licorice. VERY small. Wait, ingredients? Hooray! Fennel seeds! And licorice root, too! I totally tasted those, what do I win?

Stacey: Yeah, there’s… yeah!

Brooke: Seriously you need to go to bed. You’re helping no one.

Tea Vibes:

Stacey: Uhhhmm. … … …It warms you in more than a hot liquid way… It’s like you’re wrapped in a blanket. Very comforting… I really like the taste… A good soothing tea. I don’t think I’d buy it, I’m not a big chamomile fan… I don’t really do the sleepy time teas, but it stands on its own as a good one. Zzzzzz 7/10

Brooke: I’m also not a huge fan of chamomile but I’d rather drink this than a regular chamomile blend. The fennel is a really nice hint, it coats the throat but doesn’t attack the flavours and bowl them over. I don’t really taste the lemon nor the orange but I do sense the citrus undertones. I like it, but I also agree we don’t need to buy it any time soon. 7/10

Final thoughts:

Stacey: I’m tired and want to go to bed.

Oops! Sweet dreams : )

Until next tea,

Brooke and snoozin’ Stacey

sleepy cat (cat,sleepy,cute,funny,adorable)